Gainesville Landscape Plant of the month: 'Mystic Spires' Salvia

Well-branched and very free-flowering, 'Mystic Spires' produces masses of sturdy, colorful flower stalks that are of great aesthetic appeal in beds, borders or containers and attract scores of butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects

This plant produces masses of colorful flowers that mix nicely with other annuals and perennials, is tolerant of heat and humidity (low and high), and is not bothered by pests or diseases or deer!

Exposure: full sun

Planting Time: spring to summer from containers

Soil type: adapts to most soils, but needs good drainage

This low-maintenance plant is perfect for Florida’s hot summers and keeps on blooming when other flowering plants have begun to decline.

How to Care for your Salvia:
Be sure to water every day during the establishment period after planting in the garden from a container, then, once plants have...

Gainesville Landscape Plant of the month: Coreopsis

Coreopsis may be just what you need if you’re looking for lasting summer color after most perennial flowers fade from the garden. It is easy to learn how to care for coreopsis flowers, commonly called tickseed or pot of gold. When you’ve learned how to grow coreopsis, you’ll appreciate their sunny blooms throughout the gardening season. Coreopsis flowers may be annual or perennial and come in a variety of heights. A member of the Asteraceae family, blooms of growing coreopsis are similar to those of the daisy. Colors of petals include red, pink, white, and yellow, many with dark brown or maroon centers, which makes an interesting contrast to the petals.

Coreopsis are sun-loving, low-maintenance perennials with daisy-like flowers. They are drought-tolerant, long-blooming, and happy to grow in poor, sandy, or rocky soil.

New coreopsis plants need regular water to keep the soil evenly moist (but not soggy) until they are established. After their first year, these plants...

September Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month - Cordyline

The Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month for September is the Cordyline 'Red Sister', also known as Red Ti Plant, but is technically classified as Cordyline terminalis.  The Ti plant is native to east Asia and is profoundly robust on the leeward side of the Hawaiian Islands.

Red Sister grows 4 - 6 feet tall and should be spaced 3 feet apart.  The foliage is colored with burgundy to pink color with no need to flower because of it's tropical foliage color, although there is an occasional flower spike.

While often kept as a container plant for the house or patio, there are some landscape uses to consider as well.  When foliage shape and color is needed for that tropical look, the ti plant may be your answer. Just make sure in Gainesville lawn or landscapes that it is kept protected when the cold weather snaps down toward freezing.

Ti plants are very versatile in their growing conditions as they are happy in full sun to deep shade.  Just remember, as with all...

Gainesville Landscape Flower of the Month: Fall Mums

Instant impact! That's what you'll get when you put a generous helping of chrysanthemums (commonly just called "mums") in your entryway, flower border, or containers. Generally sold in ready-to-bloom form, mums add a fall finale of color to any setting. They come in a wide variety of flower colors and shapes, from small button-sized blooms to giant corsage-worthy flowers. Mum colors include white, yellow, pink, orange, red, burgundy, cream, salmon, and bi-color - which are all also great fall colors to go with Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. There are also dwarf forms that grow just 8 to 10 inches tall and standards that can reach a couple feet in height. Mums are very popular with bees and butterflies, too. 

They're only downside? They aren't this colorful year-round. As beautiful as they are for fall, they typically don't last through winter without special care and maintenance. A cold winter will freeze them down completely, but it...

September Landscape Plant of the Month - Jolt Dianthus

Our seasonal color nursery's first crop of 'Jolt' Dianthus is coming in and we're excited about these plants for fall.   This is our second year with 'Jolt' and our customers could not have been happier with its Gainesville landscape performance.

First, Jolt is an interspecific hybrid that is perennial locally. Basically, it survives throughout the year even though it struggles through the summer  These are taller than some Dianthus at 16"-20" tall and should be planted with 10"-14" spacing to enjoy the clusters of flowers up and down the plant.

Dianthus may be used in borders or containers, and make great bedding plants when massed together at commercial property entrances. Although this is our plant for September, our Gainesville Landscape clients should wait until October to plant. They will flower through winter and spring, only stopping when temperatures rise, usually in May.

They will do best in full sun to partial shade, and prefer rich, well-drained...

April’s Gainesville Landscaping Plant: Drift Rose

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

The drift rose is a prolific bloomer throughout the year that adds bright color to any Gainesville landscape. Few plants with it’s striking color also are perennial and handle our North Florida winters well, too. Whereas many other Gainesville landscaping flowers (Lantana, Firespike, Daisies, Begonias) freeze back in the winter, the Drift Rose may not be in full bloom, but at least offers a healthy green low-growing shrub.

 

How big do they grow?

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March's Gainesville Landscape Plant: 'Southern Charm' Magnolia

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

This Magnolia is a compact variety that is perfect for an accent plant or specimen for your Gainesville Landscape. It’s large leaves are glossy green on top and dark on bottom, and it is covered with blooms in the spring throughout the summer. Its large flowers are striking, larger than an average hand when open, and have a strong sweet fragrance.

How big do they grow?

Although the ‘Southern Charm’ is a dwarf variety, that is only when compared to its lineage of 30-40 ft tall trees. It typically tops out around 20’ height at maturity, making a beautiful large specimen tree for your lawn.

Where in the landscape do they grow best?

They prefer full sun and we typically design them inside of mulch beds rather than in the lawn. This is for two reasons, one being that the canopy of the tree typically hangs low and doesn’t allow...

February's Gainesville Landscape Plant: Formosa Azalea

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

There are few plants as common in Gainesville as the Azalea, especially the ‘Formosa’ Azalea. These low-maintenance plants put on a bright show when they flower, and can rarely be beat in the amount of flowers on each plant. The bloom time can, unfortunately, be shortened some years by an untimely cold snap in February or March, but they still are unbeatable in full bloom.

How big do they grow?

Formosas can grow 8-10’ tall at maturity but are commonly kept trimmed in the 4-5’ range. They’re spread can be 5-7’ wide as well at maturity.

Where in the landscape do they grow best?

The Formosa is a very versatile and Florida-friendly landscape plant - able to thrive in full sun and deep shade, although it does prefer a couple hours of shade in the afternoon for best results. They also like well-drained soil too, which helps them...

January's Gainesville Landscape Plant: Sasanqua Camellia

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

Without a doubt, when the Camelia is in bloom you cannot question it’s splendor. The Sasanqua, in comparison to it’s sister Japonica variety, has smaller leaves and grows more densely. It’s glossy leaves shine beautifully throughout the year in landscape beds. It also tends to withstand our Florida sun better, too. It’s blooms are what gives it the prize, though.

 

How big do they grow?

They can grow up to 15’ tall, depending on the variety planted. It is common in...

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